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Iran sends delegation to Afghanistan as Taliban-Tehran ties see boost

Iran’s relations with the Taliban are seeing a thaw after a period of tension over deportation of Afghans from the Islamic Republic last year.
In this photo taken on February 18, 2022 a Taliban fighter stands guard at the entrance gate of Afghan-Iran border crossing bridge in Zaranj. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

An Iranian delegation held talks in Kabul on Thursday focused on setting up a new customs office and inking an agriculture deal in steps designed to boost ties between the Taliban government and the Islamic Republic.

On Thursday the Taliban government’s acting minister for industry and commerce, Nooruddin Azizi, held a meeting with Iran’s deputy agricultural minister, Ali Reza Mohajer, and with Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran’s special envoy to Afghanistan. The trio discussed agricultural development in Afghanistan, establishing a customs office in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province, transit relations and other ways to boost trade between the two countries, the Taliban-run Bakhtar News Agency reported.

The same day, Mohajer and Mawlavi Sadr Azam Osmani, Afghanistan's deputy minister of agriculture, signed a cooperation agreement aimed at enhancing productivity and best practices regarding agriculture and livestock in the two countries, according to Bakhtar.

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